Defense Leads No. 6 Women's Hockey to 3-0 Win at Brown

Kelsey Romatoski helped lead Harvard's defense to one of its best showings since 2009 and also added a second-period goal in a 3-0 win at Brown Friday night (photo Gil Talbot).

 The No. 6-ranked Harvard women's hockey team outshot Brown, 38-5, and cruised to a 3-0 win in Providence, R.I., Friday night. The Crimson earned its third consecutive road victory to start the year 3-0 for the seventh time in the last 11 years.

Harvard opened an early 1-0 lead with a Kalley Armstrong goal in the ninth minute of the first period. Jillian Dempsey received a pass from Lyndsey Fry and fired toward Brown's goalie, Katie Jamieson. The Bears' netminder came up with the initial save, but the puck rebounded straight to Armstrong, who buried a shot for her first goal of the year.

Dempsey's assist on the play pushed the senior's team-leading points streak to 17 games. The streak, which is also a career high, had seen Dempsey score 19 goals and contribute 13 assists before tonight's performance.

Dempsey was not finished with one point, as she tallied Harvard's second goal at the 2:49 mark of the second period. The Winthrop, Mass., native's multi-point effort was her ninth in the last 17 Harvard games. Fry and Armstrong assisted on the co-captain's goal.

Later in the second period, Harvard added its third goal of the night with a Kelsey Romatoski score. After circling the puck around the offense from Mary Parker to Kaitlin Spurling, the defenseman took a wrist shot from the blue line that found its way through traffic in front of the net and past Jamieson. With the helper, the freshman, Parker, earned a point in her third consecutive game to start her career.

The Crimson's defense limited Brown to just five shots on goal during the 60 minutes of action. Harvard had not limited an opponent to as few as five shots since the Crimson held Union to five attempts in a 5-1 win, Jan. 30, 2009. Harvard's defensive players were also active on the offensive end as Romatoski sent three shots on goal and Michelle Picard took a team-leading six shots.

Laura Bellamy denied all five of the Bears' shots between the pipes to produce the 16th shutout of her career. Bellamy moved into sole possession of second place in Harvard's all-time record book, passing Ali Boe '06, with the clean sheet.

Harvard will look for its first 4-0 start since 2007-08 tomorrow afternoon at Yale. The contest is slated for a 4 p.m. start.